Sixteen Saudis returned home on Thursday after the United States freed them from a prison camp at Guantanamo Bay where foreign "terrorism" suspects are held. The Saudi state news agency SPA said Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz "voiced his relief and appreciation for the cooperation shown by the authorities in the United States, hoping this leads to the return of the remaining Saudis."
The U.S. authorities are cutting the numbers of people detained at Guantanamo Bay, but SPA did not say how many Saudis remain there. It should be noted that detainees at Guantanamo are being held without charge or trial.
During May 2006, fifteen other Saudis returned home after being released from the United States military detention camp.